Casey Bush founder of the Headwear Information Bureau (HIB) at the Milli Award Contest at the Fashion Center in NYC Vicky Gamez and Casey Bush of MIB at the Fashion Center
Milli Award Winning Hat
from Yuka Design

Eric Javits came closed with an orange straw and fabric sun-protector floppy hat with orange, white, turquoise, pink and white embroidery. For Daytime hat the judges honored Orit Parente for a summer cloche made of fine Swiss horse hair with raisin and turquoise silk poppy flower and draped ribbon. Naftali of Canada won for a blue vintage parasisal hat with a hand sewn beaded ribbon. The Casual hat category winner is Lisa Battaglia Millinery, for a panama hat with oversized brim adorned with gold and metallic ribbon. Louise Green won for a straw cowboy hat with hand- painted leaves on a zebra printed crown and underbrim.

The Church Hat Award was given to Ann Albrizio for a white embroidered cloche with a tulle embroidered flower on the side. Runner up is Ophelie Hats from Canada, a great straw pink cloche adorned with flower.

Men’s Milli Award to Christy Hats a Division of the Dorfman Pacific Co. for a panama fedora with brown band. Cubano runner up by Winslow and Ellsworth, came close with a parasisal straw fedora with striped polka-dot band.

According to the MIB estimated retail hat sales for 2005 are $978.6 million. Sales have been increasing 5-10% a year since 1990.

Yuka, hat designer with Diane Feen, Hat life hat lady and Cathy Pagano (wearing a Milli hat) at the Fashion Center in NYC

Natural colored crochet straw with scallop edged and hand dyed silk flower.

Hats make drama, said Yuka, “this is my magic hat.”

Yuka design
888 8th Ave 17J
NY,NY 10019
Photographer: Mark Lee Blackshear

Cathy Pagano wearing a Milli entry
Volume 2 Newsletter 5
April 5, 2006
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